Onitsha Market Literature

Credits & Contacts

This website, designed in 2002-2003, was funded by a grant from the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) at the University of Kansas (KU) in Lawrence, Kansas. Additional support was provided by the KU African Studies Resource Center and the University of Kansas Libraries, including Spencer Research Library, and Watson Library.

Elizabeth MacGonagle (History/African & African-American Studies) and
Ken Lohrentz (University Libraries) created the project, “Voices from the Bookstalls of an African Market: Digitizing Onitsha Market Literature.” Beth Forrest Warner (Director of DLI) oversaw financial and logistical support for the initiative. Matt Garrett (Academic Computing Services) developed the website.

Informational content on this site was written principally by Elizabeth MacGonagle and Joy Wrolson, KU graduate student in Theatre & Film. Ken Lohrentz contributed a bibliography of sources about Onitsha Market Literature and conducted background research on Nigerian copyright law restrictions. Files of the actual digitized texts were created by a team at Spencer Research Library headed by Sarah Goodwin Thiel. Richard Clement, Special Collections Librarian at Spencer Research Library, provided insight and support from the early stages of the project. Bibliographic records for all Onitsha pamphlets in the Spencer Research Library collection were created by Kerry Chapman of the KU Libraries Cataloging Department under the direction of Mary Roach, Departmental Chair.

Other colleagues at the University of Kansas who provided assistance for this initiative include: John Janzen, Director of the African Studies Resource Center, Julie Loats, Academic Computing Services, Rose Marino, Associate University Counsel, and Steven Bell, General Counsel law clerk. In addition, a number of members of the Africana Librarians Council provided crucial assistance with regard to Nigerian copyright and related issues, including Moore Crossey, former Curator of African Collections at Yale University Library; Phyllis Bischof, Librarian for African and African American Collections, University of California at Berkeley; and David Easterbrook through the email reference service, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University Libraries. Their assistance was most helpful and contributed significantly to the successful completion of the project.

A woman lifting a manContact Information:

Elizabeth MacGonagle
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Wescoe Hall
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Tel: 785/864-9452
Fax: 785/864-5046

Ken Lohrentz
Librarian for African Studies
320 Anschutz Library
1301 Hoch Auditoria Dr.
University of Kansas Libraries
Lawrence, KS 66045-7537
Tel: 785.864.4593
Fax: 785.864.5705

Joy Wrolson
Department of African & African-American Studies
Bailey Hall
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 9
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
Tel: 785/864-3054
Fax: 785/864-5330



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The University of Kansas Onitsha Market Literature, University of Kansas Libraries ©2003
Digital Library Initiatives
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-7616 U.S.A.

Phone: 785/864-4334
Fax: 785/864-5803